Liverpool midfielder Fabinho had a good night on Wednesday.
Despite starting on the bench for the Champions League clash against Bayern Munich, the Brazilian player soon had the responsibility of replacing club captain Jordan Henderson, and did a good job even with all the pressure on the game.
After the 3-1 win which gave the Reds the qualification for the quarter finals, Fabinho has spoken to the Brazilian press about the match, claiming the Anfield side were very confident they would leave Germany with the qualification.
“Yes, we know the team we have, the quality we have, what we can give,” Fabinho told Esporte Interativo. “We are in the fight for first position in the league, but we want to play in the Champions League as well, which is the tournament we want to go far in, we want to give everything in this competition as well.
“So even playing away from home, we worked well during the week, we were confident for the game here. Respecting the opponent, of course, who are a giant like Bayern Munich. But we were confident we would score here. I think we played very well, we knew how to have a good time in the game, when we had to slow a bit more, keep the ball a little more, we knew how to do it. And now we’ll see the next stage and already work for the weekend.”
Fabinho also spoke about the fact that half of the clubs who qualified for the quarter finals are English. Premier League clubs knocked out three Bundesliga clubs in the last sixteen, Liverpool beat Bayern, Manchester City eased past Schalke and Tottenham knocked out Borussia Dortmund.
With Manchester United also going through, having knocked out PSG, there a good chance Liverpool could get a Premier league rival in the next round, but Fabinho isn’t thinking too much about it.
“There are great chances, there are four English teams. I think this is very good for English football. Liverpool last year had an English game against City, I was not here, but it could happen again. In Champions League you can’t choose the opponent, even more in the quarterfinals now, whatever comes will be hard. And we are strong there.”
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— Esporte Interativo (@Esp_Interativo) March 14, 2019